Saturday, November 7, 2009 10:15 PM Local Time
Gloria Balding caught up with Justin Bonomo to get his take on the final table and his pick to win. His pick may not be the one you'd expect, but Bonomo has good reason for why he thinks this player is the current favorite to take it all down.
Saturday, November 7, 2009 10:14 PM Local Time
Eric Buchman has the button. Phil Ivey is the first mover, opening to 1.25 million from middle position. When action moves to small blind Joe Cada, he re-raises all in for a total of roughly 5.8 million. As Cada's stack is counted down Ivey contemplates his decision, someone out in the theater drops a bottle of beer, shattering it on the floor to some stifled laughter.
As my blogging partner FerricRamsium mentioned in a hand a few moments ago, one of the tried and true maxims of tournament reporting is that pre-flop tankers almost always fold. Ivey is deep in the tank, and we can see his tongue working against the inside of his cheek as he thinks about what to do. It seems none of the rules apply to Ivey, because he makes the call!
Cada looks like he's going to cry when he sees Ivey's hand, though if Ivey weren't going to fold a race is about the best that Cada could hope for. There's no help for Ivey on a flop of
. Cada's supporters and pleading for the dealer to brick out the board. They get one brick on the
turn and a second with the
There are shrieks and cheers from one section of the theater. They're all wearing yellow shirts in support of Joe Cada. The *entire rest of the theater* is sitting mute, no doubt unhappy to see Ivey take a hit. He's down to 10.3 million; Cada's up to about 12.5 million.
Saturday, November 7, 2009 10:07 PM Local Time
Steve Begleiter has the button. First to enter the pot from the cutoff seat, Phil Ivey makes it 1.250 million to play. Steve Begleiter has shown he's not afraid of Ivey so far today, and he three-bets up to 3.6 million. Ivey doesn't waste and time and releases his hand, allowing Begleiter to collect the pot.
Saturday, November 7, 2009 10:06 PM Local Time
Phil Ivey has the button. Joe Cada is under the gun and open-shoves for 5.35 million. The remaining players all quickly muck.
Saturday, November 7, 2009 10:04 PM Local Time
Darvin Moon has the button. Antoine Saout makes it 1.3 million in middle position, and he takes the pot down right there.
Saturday, November 7, 2009 10:03 PM Local Time
Jeff Shulman has the button. We wind up with another limped pot contested between the two blinds, who this time are Darvin Moon and Phil Ivey. Moon check-calls a bet of 500,000 from Ivey on an all-nine flop,
Both players check the
turn. When the river falls
, they both check again. Jack Effel calls out an "eight-high" for Moon and a "ten-high" for Ivey. Ivey's ten drags the pot.
Saturday, November 7, 2009 10:00 PM Local Time
Antoine Saout has the button. Everyone folds to small blind Jeff Shulman, who completes. Big blind Darvin Moon checks behind, taking the two men to a flop of
. Shulman has first action and bets 500,000. It's enough to take down the pot.
Saturday, November 7, 2009 9:58 PM Local Time
Joe Cada has the button. He open-shoves when action folds to him, but neither of the players in the blinds wants to take him on.
Saturday, November 7, 2009 9:58 PM Local Time
After a hand in which Joe Cada lost most of his stack with ace-jack versus Jeff Shulman's ace-king it was clear that Cada was distraught. His large fan base showed no disappointment though cheering him on, immediately supporting their hometown hero.
The very next hand Cada was able to double up against Eric Buchman, and while his back is certainly still against the wall, his vocal supporters have not lost hope.
Saturday, November 7, 2009 9:57 PM Local Time
Eric Buchman has the button. When the action folds back around to him, a single raise is enough to pick up the dead money in the middle.
Saturday, November 7, 2009 9:56 PM Local Time
Steve Begleiter has the button. Eric Buchman opens from the small blind, enough to put big blind Joe Cada all in. Joe Cada dumps his remaining stack into the middle, 2.25 million chips. Here we go again!
The flop comes
, giving each player a pair of fours. Cada's kicker is still in the lead. Nothing changes with the
turn, giving Cada's large cadre of supporters something to applaud. Then an intense silence settles over the theater as everyone awaits the river. It comes
, giving Cada a little bit of life. He doubles up to 4.8 million!
Saturday, November 7, 2009 9:51 PM Local Time
Phil Ivey has the button. First to act, Joe Cada opens to 1.25 million before Jeff Shulman announces an all in for his last 7.025 million. Joe Cada goes into the think tank for an arduous five or six minutes. The table seems a bit surprised when Cada quietly announces the call to put Shulman at risk. It was a big decision as Cada is left with less than 3 million after the call.
The crowd rises to life once again as the dealer runs out a clean flop of
that arrives on the turn leaves Shulman looking to fade the kings and the eights left in the deck to stay alive and double up.
. That's safe for Shulman, and he's now got twice as many chips as he did before. He's all the way up to 15,150,000 now, while Cada slides back to just 2,275,000.
Saturday, November 7, 2009 9:45 PM Local Time
The average age of the final table was 34.8 years old when we began today. With the two eliminations, that average has dropped slightly to 33.6 years. This is due mainly to Kevin Schaffel (52) being eliminated as the oldest competitor to make the final table.
Saturday, November 7, 2009 9:42 PM Local Time
Darvin Moon has the button. Action quickly passes to him. He puts in a raise to 1.75 million. Phil Ivey is in the small blind, and in his monk-like Ivey way, calmly moves all in. Big blind Steve Begleiter and Moon both snap-muck.
Saturday, November 7, 2009 9:41 PM Local Time
Joe Cada turns the ripe young age of 22 on November 18, 2009. If Cada goes on to win the Main Event, he'll beat the record for youngest champion by 340 days! That record is currently held by last year's winner, Peter Eastgate.
Cada is no stranger to doing things at a young age. Nearly 22 years old, Cada has racked up nearly $500,000 in career poker winnings and has two cashes at WSOP events. He also bought his first house at age 19. When most people were busy trying to pick out a college to attend, Cada was worrying about how many bedrooms and bathrooms he wanted.
With Cada going for the record of youngest Main Event winner ever and Phil Ivey looking to surpass Daniel Negreanu on the all-time money leaderboard, we could be in for one heck of a historical final table.
Saturday, November 7, 2009 9:40 PM Local Time
Jeff Shulman has the button. Under the gun, Steve Begleiter raises to 1.25 million and wins the blinds and antes.
Saturday, November 7, 2009 9:39 PM Local Time
Antoine Saout has the button. Steve Begleiter opens from early position to 1.25 million. Eric Buchman has next action and re-raises to 4.55 million. Action passes back around to Begleiter who re-raises to 11.0 million straight, causing an eerie hush to descend over the whole theater. Buchman thinks about it for maybe a minute and then releases his hand.
Saturday, November 7, 2009 9:36 PM Local Time
Joe Cada has the button. The table again folds around to the blinds, and once again the big blind gets a walk. This time it's Jeff Shulman adding those chips to his stack.
Saturday, November 7, 2009 9:34 PM Local Time
Eric Buchman has the button. Phil Ivey opens the pot for 1.25 million from middle position and gets no callers.
Saturday, November 7, 2009 9:33 PM Local Time
Steve Begleiter has the button. Action folds around to the blinds where Joe Cada is the beneficiary of a walk, stacking up some free chips.